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RCN Justice & Démocratie and CGHR co-host discussion event to mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda

last modified Jun 17, 2014 10:57 AM
8th May 2014


On Thursday 8th May, the Centre of Governance and Human Rights and RCN Justice & Démocratie co-hosted a panel discussion on the Rwandan genocide and the judicial process that followed.

2014 highlights the commemoration of the genocide committed in Rwanda in 1994 – one of the most tragic events of the 20th century.

Following the genocide, with more than 100,000 suspects in prison and only 20 active magistrates, the Rwandese government and the international community must face the gravity and scope of the committed crimes. How can one judge the authors of these crimes? What are the legal sentences foreseen? What are the alternatives? How can one re-build a country where victims and genocidaires are bound to live together?

Panelists:

Martien Schotsmans, Legal Expert, Criminologist, Director RCN Justice & Démocratie. She worked in Rwanda between 1998 and 2000 during the trials related to the specialized chambers.

Hélène Morvan, in charge of the transmission of memory and conflict prevention project at RCN Justice & Démocratie. She has a long field experience on local conflict transformation in the Great Lakes region.

Andrew Swindells, freelance journalist and researcher. Since 1997, he has spent time investigating the work of the ICTR , Gacaca and national courts where cases are being heard. He has worked with genocide remembrance and survivor organisations IBUKA , Aegis Trust (UK), and the Rwandan National Commission for the fight against Genocide (CNLG). He has previously investigated the role of France in Rwanda.

Moderator: Dr Devon Curtis, University Lecturer, POLIS

An audio recording of the event is available here.